Goats/baby goats

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QUESTION: i have baby male about a month old he was very health big for his age, and today he was very lethargic, drunk like and foaming at the mouth.also we have some other babies on the other side he diarrhea, i'm not sure what is causing it or how to treat it. thank you so much.

ANSWER: How old is he? Is he eating any grain or hay? Has his or the others food changed recently? Could he have gotten into anything poisonous, or a poison plant? Is he eating and drinking now? I need to know these things to get an idea what is going on. Also, take his temp. That is important, too.

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QUESTION: i give them alfalfa and pellets, he is not doing that good still

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Is he getting a bottle with goat milk? He needs to be on the bottle till he is 2-3 months old. And only grass hay. Alfalfa and pellets are too rich. If you have grass hay and he will eat, that is good. Is he drinking? At this age, it is often hard to turn them around when sick like this. You need to make sure he does not get dehydrated. Make sure he is warmed up to at least 100 degrees. Good luck with the little guy. If you have more info, let me know, and I will try to help.

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Cheryl K. Smith

Expertise

Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)

Experience

Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

Organizations
American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

Publications
Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

Education/Credentials
BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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